Discussion in 'Hammock Kit' started by gixer, Oct 10, 2017.

  1. gixer

    gixer Thru Hiker

    Looks like Warbonnet have released a updated version of the Blackbird XLC

    Like the zipper being on both sides

    Struggling to see the point of swapping the toggle for carabiners
    Even with 1 hand i've never had problems with the toggles, seems like adding weight for no reason

    Being able to change the lay direction seems more of a update for their production line than much use to anyone

    Top cover setup looks nice, used mine for all of 15mins, one of those "seemed like a good idea at the time" things, the little window should be better though.
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  2. Jmws

    Jmws Trail Blazer

    Ah. Cat among the pigeons! Thought I had settled on the Chameleon to replace my Woodsman X but now I'm caught. Be interested to see reviews on this and how it compares to the Chameleon.
  3. Shewie

    Shewie Administrator Staff Member

    My Chameleon arrived on Saturday, but I'm full of man-flu so I've not tried it yet :(

    Looking forward to seeing how it compares to my WBBB
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  4. Jmws

    Jmws Trail Blazer

    So? How do they compare with one another Shewie?
    Keen to know if you think the Chameleon is worth the extra money?
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  5. Shewie

    Shewie Administrator Staff Member

    I've not had chance to test it yet, man-flu, birthday celebrations and call-out have kept me busy for the last few weekends.
  6. Switch

    Switch Trekker

    Being able to change the direction of the lay seems like something that's easier for warbonnet to manufacture in that they now only need to make one hammock rather than of much use to the user. Considering the wooki is locked to one direction and you also needing to remove the entire top cover before changing lay side it's not exactly an easy swap of you needed to do it during the night because of a sore neck or something. I really like the idea of being able to change sides but in a way I could do in the night. Not even sure that's possible without losing the shelf and footbox anyway. I also don't see much benefit in a zip on the shelf side and think entering there would be much more of a faff given the extra height of it there and also tension used to create the footbox and shelf. Can't help but also feel it offers more on paper than it does in practice. Definitely more of an update than a revolution. I'll stick with my xlc and wooki for the time being. I'd be more interested to give the ridge runner a try than update to this but wouldn't have any complaints if I was buying it fresh...just don't see any reason to swap at the moment.
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